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Headlight malfunction I have changed the headlight socket twice now, and what keeps happening is one side of the socket itself is melting and causing the lights to malfunction. I believe the melting is happening on the groud side of both lights. Pleases help, I am very inexperienced with cars, but have time, and not a lot of money to get it fixed in a garage.

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It seem like you have a bad connection check those wire you mention you may have cross the circuit

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